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If you're done serving a bid in the iron college and happen to be released after 15, what do you do?
I guess if you're the foolish Christopher Miller, you go back to the same store and rob it again.
In the stupid files, Christopher Miller is currently in Ocean County lockup for robbing a Stride Ride store that he apparently robbed almost a decade ago.
Police say he became a free man on Friday and celebrated by catching a bus to Toms River and, yes, robbing the same Stride Rite shoe store, reports the Star-Ledger. Though he had 15 years to stew over what went wrong the first time, authorities say this robbery didn't go so well, either. Two employees were so slow in handing over cash that the "agitated" robber grabbed the register drawer himself and fled on foot, reports the Ocean County Signal. (The employees refused to hand over their keys, scotching any hopes for a getaway vehicle.)
Miller took cellphones belonging to a 17-year-old boy and a 43-year-old woman before fleeing on foot.
"He was not armed but just made a verbal threat," police spokesman Ralph Stocco said. He said that Miller became agitated when the employees did not move as quickly as he liked.
They called the cops—the apparent plan was to tie them up in a storage room, as happened in the 1999 robbery, but the employees refused to go—and within minutes, a police K-9 unit tracked down Williams and recovered the stolen $389, reports the Daily Record. Miller is charged with robbery and is being held on $100,000 bond. The 40-year-old is from Tulsa, Okla., and police aren't sure what his connection is to Toms River, besides maybe nostalgia.
According to state Department of Corrections records and news accounts from the time, Miller was living in Toms River when he was convicted for theft in 1997.
Incarcerated at the Stokes Unit of the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Montague, he escaped from a work detail in June of that year. He was apprehended a few days later to serve out that term.